[ubuntu-uk] RealMedia streams (rtsp:) in Gutsy

Greg K Nicholson newsgroups at gkn.me.uk
Mon Nov 12 10:45:08 GMT 2007

Sean Miller:
> I'm sure it's all working for me in mplayer... unless it's something 
> else you're referring to... the BBC Website Realaudio streams?
> Sean

The stream I'm trying is
which redirects to an RTSP stream.

That address can be found by following the “Watch Live BBC News 24” link 
towards the top of http://news.bbc.co.uk/ then in the resulting pop-up 
following the “Launch in stand alone player” link.

(Incidentally, that should say “stand-alone”; silly BBC.)

MPlayer doesn't like me either:
“Couldn't resolve name for AF_INET6: www.bbc.co.uk”

(Which is fair enough because I don't like *it* — every time you use a 
multiple-window interface, one of the HIG gnomes dies. (Wilbur is wanted 
by Interpol.))

So: I can't find RealPlayer in Add/Remove or Synaptic; and Totem, Helix 
Player, VLC and MPlayer all can't play the stream.

I don't think it's an internet connectivity issue, because Amarok and 
Totem can both play SomaFM's mp3 streams happily. E.g.:

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